Review: Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson
Series: The Stormlight Archive #2.5
Also by this author: Steelheart
Published by Tor Books on October 17th 2017
Also in this series: Words of Radiance
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, a special gift edition of Edgedancer, a short novel of the Stormlight Archive (previously published in Arcanum Unbounded).
Three years ago, Lift asked a goddess to stop her from growing older--a wish she believed was granted. Now, in Edgedancer, the barely teenage nascent Knight Radiant finds that time stands still for no one. Although the young Azish emperor granted her safe haven from an executioner she knows only as Darkness, court life is suffocating the free-spirited Lift, who can't help heading to Yeddaw when she hears the relentless Darkness is there hunting people like her with budding powers. The downtrodden in Yeddaw have no champion, and Lift knows she must seize this awesome responsibility.
Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson
The Stormlight ArchiveThe Way of KingsWords of RadianceEdgedancer (Novella)Oathbringer (forthcoming)
The Mistborn sagaMistborn: The Final EmpireThe Well of AscensionThe Hero of AgesAlloy of LawShadows of SelfBands of Mourning
Other Cosmere TitlesElantrisWarbreaker
The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians seriesAlcatraz vs. the Evil LibrariansThe Scrivener's BonesThe Knights of CrystalliaThe Shattered LensThe Dark Talent
Other books by Brandon Sanderson
This is one book that I feel like I would have done better with in print rather than audio. It could have been borderline for me and the narration exacerbated the qualities that I, quite frankly, just found irksome. If I had read it in print, I could tone it down a bit by how I read the inflection. However, the narrator went the other direction, emphasizing all the things that made me cringe.
The main reason this did not work better for me is that the main character, Lift, got on my nerves with all of her “awesomeness”. There’s not other way for me to say it. She is very childlike and the word awesome was used a truly awe inspiring number of times. And not in a good way. She is a character that some people will like. I know there are things out there that annoy me that others love (as well as the reverse). But for me, it was overload.
She’s awesome, she’s slippery, she wants pancakes. Bleh. I get it. I don’t need it to be pounded into my skull repeatedely. I may have done better with the interludes in Words of Radiance, but honestly, even then, I didn’t love her. She is supposed to become a more integral character as the series progresses, and I just have to hold out hope that either she loses some of the more immature qualities that bothered me or that she is not featured for 100+ pages straight again. This was way too large of a dose of her character for me to take it all in one straight shot.
All that said, this is still worth the read as parts of it are supposed to be useful for Oathbringer. Sanderson talks about this in both an afterword in Edgedancer as well as a preface in Oathbringer. Hard to argue with that.
So did I love this one? Nope. Definitely not. Am I glad I read it? Yes, because I am excited about Oathbringer, and while maybe I didn’t enjoy this as much as I would have liked, I can say its all because of my inability to really enjoy the main character. Its hard to enjoy a book when it revolves around someone that annoys you.